BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - A Belleville man has been charged for allegedly abusing a 28-year-old woman.
Police were called to the 600 block of Sycamore late Wednesday evening by a woman who said she was sexually abused. She said she was sitting on the steps to her apartment building smoking a cigarette when a man approached her and asked her for a cigarette.
The victim says she gave the man a cigarette, and was chatting with the man when she became uncomfortable. She says she gathered her belongings and was walking back into her apartment when the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Anthony T. Graham, grabbed her arm and pulled her between two buildings.
Graham allegedly put his hand down the woman's pants. The woman says she struggled and was able to break free and run inside her apartment where she called police.
Police found Graham nearby hiding under bushes. He is charged with one count of unlawful restraint and one count of criminal sexual abuse.
Bond is set at $50,000.